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Recognized as the Twin Cities’ public radio voice for jazz and education, KBEM is a program of the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Approximately 150 students annually participate in KBEM’s hands-on educational program, which focuses on all aspects of broadcasting and production. Students who develop their skills and select broadcasting experience can gain significant on-air time. The station is on-air 24/7 with 35 hours of student programming each week, with live professional announcers and pre-recorded, syndicated programming filling out the rest of the schedule. KBEM is the only station in the Twin Cities market which offers a jazz format and officially provides MN-DOT traffic reports.

KBEM was initially established at Minneapolis Vocational High School in the 1960s. The station was moved to North High School in 1983 as a part of the District’s desegregation initiative and it continues to reside there today. The vast majority of KBEM students attend North High School.


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Minneapolis High School Students, with the help of a team of educators and poets, were encouraged to write poetry. The poems created by the students are in some cases hard-hitting, and in others, cute.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jan 13, 2014
Caption: Susan Spongberg, Credit: Frank T. Heffelfinger III
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Minnesota Creates is curious about how creativity occurs, so Susan Spongberg asked an assortment of Minnesota artists how do you choreography a dance? Where do your novel’s characters come from? How do you decide what to paint?

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jan 14, 2014
Caption: Minnesota Jazz Legends: The Elders, Credit: Jim Davis
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Minnesota has many wonderful jazz musicians, still playing well into their 80's. Minnesota Jazz Legends: The Elders, features live and in studio performances and interviews, talking about their careers in the Twin Cities from early on to present.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Nov 11, 2021
Caption: Jazz 88 FM, Credit: http://www.jazz88fm.com
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Minnesota Music Moment is a weekly feature of KBEM FM 88.5, each week highlighting a different Minnesota musician.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Feb 25, 2011
Caption: KBEM logo, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
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Each item in the series tells how a musicians is inspired, how s/he works, their goals and intents for their work; in general, how each gets motivation and follows through with a creative project.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Oct 09, 2015
Caption: Arne Fogel, Credit: John Whiting
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Minnesota Voices-Certain Standards Minnesota Vocalists perform new renditions of the Great American Songbook. Arne Fogel-Host

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Oct 31, 2012
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In a world and time of differences, music has the power to bring us together, to unite us through a shared experience. Music knows no boundaries. It transcends that which keeps us apart. Join Jazz88 for an evening of discovery with Music Without Borders.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Sep 04, 2019
Caption: Bobb Fantauzzo performing with Lyz Jaakola, Credit: Andrea Canter
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Native flute player Bobb Fantauzzo illuminates the contributions made by jazz musicians with Native American heritage.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Apr 19, 2016
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Butch Thompson's Piano Bench Show looks at the piano stylings of the early performers of jazz.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Jul 14, 2011
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Perspectives relating to Minnesota culture, history and the arts contributed by Minneapolis high school students.

  • From: KBEM
  • Updated: Apr 04, 2010

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Caption: Minnesota Jazz Legends 2024 , Credit: Andrea Canter
Jazz88 honors four of Minnesota's most notable jazz musicians. This special includes studio interviews with host/producer Patty Peterson, as well a...

  • Added: Jul 01, 2024
  • Length: 56:59
Caption: MN Original music Festival image by Windy Schultz, Credit: Windy Schultz
The Minnesota Original Music Festival Comes to Multiple Locations in Saint Peter Wednesday July 17 through Sunday July 21. The festival has perform...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2024
  • Length: 08:00
Caption:  Laura Caviani, Dave Hagedorn, JC Sanford, Credit: David Milne
Sunday afternoon July 14, the Northfield Jazz Fest takes place. It is a multi-venue event, with much of the action taking plat at Northfield’s Way ...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2024
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: jazz88 logo 2022, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Groups led by Kevin Gamble play many kinds of music, but on this performance preview, we’ll listen to a couple of Kevin’s Jazz fusion originals. Wh...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2024
  • Length: 08:01
Caption: jazz88 logo 2022, Credit: Tim Nyberg (Octane Creative)
Kevin Gamble leads his trio into Icehouse in Minneapolis for a show next Thursday night, June 27. Kevin’s trio plays many kinds of music, but on th...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2024
  • Length: 08:01
Caption: Sophia Kickhofel by Andrea Canter, Credit: Andrea Canter
Monday nights at Icehouse in Minneapolis are curated by Sophia Kickhofel. This Monday, bands led by Sophia and Peter Goggin pay tribute to the grea...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2024
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: WPK Trio photo by Karin Klarer, Credit: Karin Klarer
Mark Weisberg on the bass, Michael Pilhofer the drummer and Phil Kadidlo on the piano. The trio could be called Weisberg, Pilhofer and Kadidlo, so ...

  • Added: Jun 11, 2024
  • Length: 08:01
Caption: WPK photo by Karin Klarer, Credit: Karin Klarer
Mark Weisberg on the bass, Michael Pilhofer the drummer and Phil Kadidlo on the piano. The trio could be called Weisberg, Pilhofer and Kadidlo. But...

  • Added: Jun 11, 2024
  • Length: 08:01
Caption: Dayna Martinez by Tommy Sar, Credit: Tommy Sar
The annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival is staged at multiple venues this Friday and Saturday. The event presents some of the biggest names in Jazz, a...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2024
  • Length: 08:00
Caption: Joe Cruz, Credit: Emily Jane Davis
Jennifer Grimm sings many types of songs and her husband, joe Cruz has played many types of guitars in his career. The duet presents original songs...

  • Added: May 30, 2024
  • Length: 08:00